Fun Beauceron Facts For Kids

Aashita Dhingra
Feb 21, 2024 By Aashita Dhingra
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
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The Beauceron is a French herding breed originating in France. The Beauceron dog is also referred to with different names such as Berger de Beauce or Bas Rouge or French short-haired shepherd. The proper way of Beauceron pronunciation is 'Bo-ser-on'. Of the known dogs in this breed, the Beauceron dog is considered the versatile French sheepdog. Another known herding dog is the Briard, also known as Berger de Brie, and is considered a Beauceron mix and the Barbet crossbreed. The Briard is a long-haired, medium-sized herding dog breed, whereas the Beauceron is a short-haired, medium-sized covered with a double coat, i.e. a short and hard outer coat and woolly undercoat. Like the Briard, the Beauceron dog has double dewclaws on its rear paws. The Beauceron dewclaws make this breed unique from other dog breeds. The Beauceron dog body has a mix of multiple color coats like the Harlequin Beauceron coat, a mix of gray, black, and tan.

This article will take you through different facts about the Beauceron. If you are interested to know more about few more dog breeds, you may also consider looking into our articles on the Labrador Retriever and the Newfoundland.

Beauceron Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Beauceron?

The Beauceron is a dog breed classified as herding dog by American Kennel Club. The name Beauceron is known to be originated from the La Beauce region in Paris.

What class of animal does a Beauceron belong to?

The Beauceron is from the Mammalia class. This dog breed is considered one of the best watchdogs and high-energy dogs. They stay active most of the time. This dog would be a great companion for people preferring an active lifestyle.

How many Beaucerons are there in the world?

There is not enough census data available regarding the Beaucerons. But you can expect to see them in good numbers in their place of origin, i.e. in France, and are rarely seen in other parts of the world.

Where does a Beauceron live?

As Beauceron is mainly raised as a guard dog, it lives in farms and houses.

What is a Beauceron's habitat?

The Beauceron dog breed can easily adjust to both indoor and outdoor conditions. But, it prefers moderately hot to extreme cold weather conditions. The thick outer coat and woolly lower coat make it an ideal kennel user even in the coldest winters.

Who do Beaucerons live with?

Beaucerons prefers to live with people, so it is also called a people dog. If a Beauceron puppy is raised together with other pets like dogs or cats, they can co-exist. If not, they become aggressive when the other pet dogs or cats enter its territory. The training plan for this breed must include socializing and obedience training.

How long does a Beauceron live?

The Beauceron dog's average life expectancy is known to be 10-12 years.

How do they reproduce?

The gestation period is termed the heat period or estrus for dogs. Beauceron dog breeds have a heat period of 60-64 days, and they reproduce once a year. During this heat period, the female attracts the male and becomes receptive to the male after nearly fourteen days in this cycle. After 14 days, they no longer allow mating until the heat period ends. The change in the discharge from female dogs will indicate the heat period's start. The female Beauceron gives birth to six to seven Beauceron puppies every year.

What is their conservation status?

There is not enough evidence regarding the conservation status of Beaucerons. But these are considered rare compared with other dog breeds like a German Shepherd and a Dobermann. They have been put under the Not Evaluated category.

Beauceron Fun Facts

What do Beaucerons look like?

Sometimes, the Beauceron is confused with the Dobermann breed as the Dobermann is a mixed breed of the Beauceron, German Pinscher, Rottweiler, and Weimaraner. The Beauceron appears a muscular and heavily built breed. The Beauceron size and its weight justify its athletic appearance.

The Beauceron is an energetic and active guard dog.

How cute are they?

Beauceron puppies are known to be cute, calm, and affectionate. As they grow, they may not look cute, but their affectionate behavior towards people makes them irresistible to be a pet.

How do they communicate?

Beaucerons communicate with humans as well as with other dogs through barking. They are known to change their barks depending on the emotional level.

How big is a Beauceron?

The height of Beaucerons varies based on gender, with the males being slightly larger, like in most dogs. However, on average, they are 24-27.5 in (61-70 cm) tall. When we talk about the Beauceron size, a Beauceron is taller than the German shepherd.

How fast can a Beauceron run?

There is no mention of the speed of a Beauceron. As these breeds are mainly used for guarding and herding sheep or cattle, they can be presumed to run at a moderately fast speed. Compared with the speed of a German Shepard, which is 30 mph, Beauceron's speed is slightly lower.

How much does a Beauceron weigh?

The Beauceron weight is known to be in the range of 70-110 lb (31.7-50 kg). This dog is muscular compared to a German shepherd.

What are their male and female names of the species?

They are commonly called male Beauceron and female Beauceron. In general, a male dog is simply called a dog and a female is called a bitch. If you are interested in naming your dog, there are few famous names for this breed based on gender. Males can be named Max, Cooper, Jake, Sammy, Bruno, Oscar, and Harley. Females can be named Bella, Lucy, Molly, Zoe, Roxy, Maggie, and Ellie.

What would you call a baby Beauceron?

The baby Beauceron is called a Beauceron puppy. The Beauceron price varies based on gender, ranging from $1000-$1500 US dollars. The female Beauceron puppy is costlier than the male puppy.

What do they eat?

Beauceron dogs are heavy and high-energy dogs. They need a high protein and balanced diet to maintain their energy levels. Beaucerons must be fed with high-quality dry food in portions of two meals per day. It is advised to determine the feed quantities considering the dog's size, age, and activity level. Overfeeding can lead to gastric torsion and stomach bloating in these dogs, leading to severe health problems.

Are they hypoallergenic?

Beauceron hypoallergenic tendency is classified as low, as it doesn't cause any allergic reaction for allergy sufferers. The Beauceron dog breed has a short and thick coat, and it sheds small amounts throughout the year except during the spring and the fall seasons. So, it needs frequent grooming in these seasons to control the amount of loose hair everywhere in the house and minimum grooming in the remaining seasons. The drooling tendency of a Beauceron is more compared to a German shepherd. So, bi-weekly brushing and cleaning are suggested to keep it clean and healthy.

Would they make a good pet?

Generally, a Beauceron's temperament is fearless, highly intelligent, playful, protective, and less aggressive. It is an energetic dog and shows affection towards its owner. Because of its good temperament, this dog can be a good pet in a family with senior citizens. Beauceron dogs prefer to be around people and become less active when left alone.

They have the ability to learn through training, but they can be easily trained only with a training plan at a slower pace as they need repetition to obey. The Beauceron breed is strong-willed and, together with the need for training and exercise, makes this dog not ideal for first-time owners as experienced handling is required. Finally, these watchdogs are perfect safe-keepers of the house as they are very attentive.

Did you know...

The Beauceron and the Briard are the most popular and ancient French herding dogs. It is said that there is a mention of these dogs in articles but considered as a single breed. In 1893, a veterinarian Paul Megnin differentiated these dogs and defined a standard for this breed. Since then, the short coat ones are known as the Berger de Beauce, i.e. the Beaucerons, while the long coat ones are known as the Berger de Brie, i.e. the Briards.

Beaucerons can learn to obey with shorter and slower training sessions. Though they learn at a slower pace when compared with other dog breeds like Doberman and German Shepherd, they are smart enough to remember for a longer timespan. The exercise and training plan for this breed must include activities that keep them physically and mentally active. With proper training, they can also compete in dog agility events.

Did you know, the Beauceron breed is one of the most popular breeds that appear in crime genre movies as a messenger dog and a rescue dog? It is also popular in dog shows, and its first reported appearance is in the year 2008 at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Are you interested to know a few comparisons between a Beauceron vs German shepherd? Here we go! The Beaucerons have a muscular body and can withstand more extreme cold weather conditions than a German shepherd. Both dogs have few similarities in temperament but differ in companionship qualities, and another difference is that the Beauceron sheds small quantities. In contrast, the German shepherd sheds more, around twice a year. So, grooming and brushing requirements are less frequent in the Beauceron than in the German shepherd. Both dogs are similar in energy levels, but Beaucerons tend to become sick frequently with more health problems than a German shepherd. It is advised to take proper diet care combined with dog agility training and a scheduled exercise plan for a Beauceron to stay active and healthy. The average life span of a German shepherd is more than that of a Beauceron. A German shepherd lives for 12-14 years, whereas a Beauceron lives for 10-12 years.

What was the Beauceron originally used for?

In France, the Beauceron is known as a guard dog. Beaucerons are mainly raised for herding sheep or cattle and guarding them against predators like wolves. But they are also known to have taken a part in world wars as a rescue dog, mine detection dog, supply transport dog, search dog, and messenger dog. They are also known to be extensively used for rescue operations after the attack on WTC towers in New York.

What makes a Beauceron a Beauceron?

Beauceron breeds are accepted in any dog shows as Beaucerons only if they possess the double dewclaws on their hind paws.

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Beauceron Facts

What Did They Prey On?

Meat, yogurt, eggs, cottage cheese, fruits and vegetables

What Type of Animal were they?

Meat and plants

Average Litter Size?


How Much Did They Weigh?

70-110 lb (31.7-50 kg)

What habitat Do they Live In?


Where Do They Live?


How Long Were They?


How Tall Were They?

24-27.5 in (61-70 cm)‍







Scientific Name

Canis lupus familiaris

What Do They Look Like?

A mix of tan and black, black and rust, and harlequin ( a mix of gray, black, and tan)

Skin Type

Hard outer fur coat and woolly undercoat

What Are Their Main Threats?


What is their Conservation Status?

Not Evaluated
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Written by Aashita Dhingra

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Based in Lucknow, India, Aashita is a skilled content creator with experience crafting study guides for high school-aged kids. Her education includes a degree in Business Administration from St. Mary's Convent Inter College, which she leverages to bring a unique perspective to her work. Aashita's passion for writing and education is evident in her ability to craft engaging content.

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